Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Israeli airstrike kills militant leader Ismael al-Ismar in Gaza

An Israeli military airstrike killed a local commander of the Islamic Jihad militant group in Gaza despite a ceasefire announced late Sunday.

Israel's military said in a statement that the man who was killed had smuggled weapons into the Gaza town of Rafah, and was involved in militant activity in Egypt's Sinai peninsula, near Israel's southern border, where gunmen entered Israel and killed eight last week.

No further information was provided by the military.

However, BBC reports that the Israeli missile hit the car of Ismael al-Ismar, a leader of al-Quds Brigades in Rafah, close to the Egyptian border.

Palestinian medics also said the militant died when his car exploded. Two other people were also reportedly wounded.

Shortly after the attack on the commander's car, militants fired mortars from northern Gaza into southern Israel. However, no injuries were reported. more